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FANUC Robotics America Inc., based in Rochester Hills, Mich., has introduced the new M-3iA intelligent, parallel-link robot for assembly, small-part handling and picking applications, such as solar manufacturing applications.

The M-3iA robot is a larger version of the company's M-1iA robot. Available in a four- or six-axis model, the M-3iA offers the same unique parallel-link structure, is lightweight and portable, and accommodates payloads up to 6 kg. In addition, it has the largest work envelope of any robot in its class (1,350 mm x 500 mm), the company says.

The M-3iA six-axis model has a three-axis, patent-pending wrist for complex assembly tasks. The extreme flexibility offered by the three-axis wrist enables the robot to pick up and insert parts at simple or compound angles, and twist parts into place, similar to the flexibility offered by a manual operator, according to FANUC Robotics.

A four-axis M-3iA has a single-axis wrist for simple assembly and high-speed picking operations, offering speeds up to 4,000 degrees per second. In addition, a hollow wrist allows hoses and cables to be routed internally, which minimizes wear and tear on the tooling cables.

FANUC Robotics America Inc.: (800) 477-6268

SOURCE: FANUC Robotics America Inc.

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